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Black Velvet Band (Meredith & Anderson)
score, MIDI
See also: The Black Velvet Band (Harry Hibbs)
And also: Black Velvet Band (The Irish Rovers)
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It was in the city of London,
In apprenticeship I was bound;
And many's the gay old hour,
I spent in that dear old town.

One day, as I was walking,
Along my usual beat;
A pretty little young maiden,
Came tripping along the street.

And her eyes they shone like diamonds,
I thought her the pride of the land;
The hair that hung down on her shoulder,
Was tied with a black velvet band.

One day, as we were a walking,
A gentleman passed us by;
I could see she was bent on some mischief,
By the rolling of her dark blue eye.

And her eyes they shone like diamonds,
I thought her the pride of the land;
The hair that hung down on her shoulder,
Was tied with a black velvet band.

Gold watch she picked from his pocket,
And slyly placed into my hand;
I was taken in charge by a copper,
Bad luck to that black velvet band.

Before the Lord Mayor I was taken,
Your case, sir, I plainly can see;
And if I'm not greatly mistaken,
You're bound far over the sea.

And her eyes they shone like diamonds,
I thought her the pride of the land;
The hair that hung down on her shoulder,
Was tied with a black velvet band.

It's over the dark and blue ocean,
Far away to Van Diemen's Land;
Away from my friends and relations,
And the girl with the black velvet band.

And her eyes they shone like diamonds,
I thought her the pride of the land;
The hair that hung down on her shoulder,
Was tied with a black velvet band.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an 18th-century British broadside ballad, Black Velvet Band to the tune of Tars Of The Blanch, published by Swindells (Manchester) sometime between 1796 and 1853, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 16(25c) ....####
This variant collected by Meredith and Anderson, Folksongs Of Australia 1 (1967) pp.145-146. Also published in Anderson, "Colonial Ballads" (1962)


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